Susan Widawski, M.A., Wayne State University, is a Lecturer in Fashion Design and Merchandising.
Susan earned her graduate degree in apparel design and her undergraduate degree in fashion merchandising. Additionally, Susan is a European trained custom tailor. Her skills and course specialties include: couture tailoring, flat pattern design, advanced construction and design techniques, textiles and the cultural aspects of dress.
Susan's design and technical expertise stems from her industry experience as a head tailor for a men's specialty store, owner and operator of Susan D. Designs and as trim specialist for design concepts in automotive seating at Johnson Controls.
Susan's work and research has been exhibited and presented on national and international levels. Her Master Essay focused on clothing acquisition and use in German and Austrian Displaced Persons Camps after WWII. One of Susan's garments received the Handweavers Guild of America's 2008 HGA Award, "in recognition of a work demonstrating outstanding creativity and craftsmanship in the fiber arts."